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Whale watching season at Bunkers Bay

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Whale watching season at Bunkers Bay

Approximately 35,000 whales migrate yearly from the Antarctic to our warmer waters. The Margaret River Region has a long whale watching season, from June to early December. The season starts in Flinders Bay in Augusta from June to August, where humpback whales and southern right whales can be spotted. The southern right whales often calve in Flinders Bay and the humpback whales play, before they continue their journey up north.

There is a visible difference between these two types of whales. The southern right whales are baleen whales with a bow-shaped lower jaw and are grey in colour. The humpback whale is black or grey with a white underbelly. Humpbacks are more playful then the southern right whales.

The female humpback whales calve up north and upon their return they rest and nurse their young in Geographe Bay (the calm waters between Busselton and Bunker Bay). You can often see them playing and resting with their young in the calm waters of Bunker Bay from September to early December.

Whale watching season in Bunker Bay has started early this year, with humpback whales resting in the bay already! They can be seen passing by whilst sitting on the deck at Bunkers Beach House. Now that’s what you call ‘lunch with a view’!


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